Officially known as the Republic of South Sudan, South Sudan is located in East-Central Africa. The country is landlocked: bordered by Sudan to its north, Ethiopia to its east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest and the Central African Republic to the west. South Sudan includes the large swamp region of the Sudd, which is formed by the White Nile. The country is home to about 12 million people and a variety of habitats, to include grasslands, high altitude plateaus and escarpments, wooded and grassy savannas, floodplains and wetlands.
There is something else that South Sudan offers and that is unique name opportunities for your canine companion. Take a closer look and you may find the perfect name for your pup!
South Sudan Dog Names In Pop Culture
James Moga is a well-known football player in South Sudan. James is also the name of a cancer-sensing canine hero. Katherine Barry, a former gardener, had a growth on her hand that she assumed was an infection. Her 11-year-old Jack Russell cross, James, who is blind, noticed the spot on her hand and kept licking it. Barry was immediately concerned. After all, James had done this before; to her late husband Alan, prior to his skin-cancer diagnosis. In 2015, James kept jumping on Alan’s shoulders, licking a patch on his neck repeatedly. Amazingly, the skin that James was licking looked no different to the human eye, however when Alan had it check he was sent to a skin specialist with urgency.
Sure enough, when Barry went to have the growth checked, it was determined to be cancer. Fortunately, she was able to have the 1.5 cm growth removed within the week of her diagnosis and needed no further treatment. Barry (and her doctors) feel confident that she owes her health and her life to her extraordinary pup, James. After all, Barry would have continued with the assumption that she had an infection from her gardening. James, however, knew best and would lick her hand each time she sat down or gave him a scratch. She first thought he was just being affectionate; however, she mentioned it to her doctor.
Barry admitted being terrified when she got the diagnosis; after all, she had just witnessed her husband suffering and ultimately dying from the disease. She was understandably concerned she would experience the same outcome. Fortunately, because of James, the cancer was caught quickly. Barry requires no further treatment for now, though has been advised to stay out of the sun and wear maximum strength sunscreen.
Barry thinks that as a result of his blindness, James is extra sensitive in other ways. She notes that James has always been unique; when she first saw him as a puppy, his littermates were going crazy while he was calm. Barry now seeks to promote awareness of skin cancer and how to prevent it and catch it early, noting that she never thought to put sunscreen on her hands and that it needs to be put all over.
As far as James goes, the perceptive pup is allowed a place on her bed!
South Sudan Dog Name Considerations
While you may not have had a name for your new pup picked out right away, you likely assumed that you would spend some time with your pooch, get to know them, and then choose a name that feels just right. While that may have been the plan, sometimes it turns out to be a little more difficult. This can be frustrating; after all, you can’t call your canine companion "little dog" or "buddy" indefinitely.
One way to come up with name ideas for your new pal is to think of a place that is appealing to you. It may be somewhere that you have lived, visited or are interested in visiting. Once you have that place in mind, embark on a virtual tour where you can explore its cities, unique foods, well-known people, unique landscape, and more. During your visit, you can choose a few names that are appealing to you and try them out on your pup.
You may just find the perfect name for your pup in South Sudan. With a name from the country, every time that you call for your pup you will be reminded of South Sudan and what the place means to you.